First Aid for Hedgehogs
If you find a hedgehog out in the daytime, this is usually a sign that something is wrong.
If it is very small, wait to see if its mother returns.
The hedgehog very likely needs help if it is: wobbly or dragging a limb; has flies around it; seems lethargic; is breathing heavily or wheezing; has been trapped (e.g. in netting) or has anything caught around it (e.g. elastic bands, six-pack rings).
If you feel the hedgehog is in need of help, wearing gloves, take the hedgehog somewhere warm, safe and quiet.
Check carefully for signs of injury or ticks (small grey lumps between its prickles)
Place the hedgehog in a high-sided box with shredded newspaper as bedding and a source of gentle heat in there too (a heat pad or hot-water bottle covered with a towel).
Offer some meaty dog or cat food and a small bowl of fresh water - but don't force the hedgehog to feed.
What now? - Call the BHPS (British Hedgehog Preservation Society)
on 01584 890 801 for further advice
Contact one of these hedgehog rescue centres
Alternatively, go to @rosshedgehogcare (on facebook) and briefly state the problem and where you live. We will do our best to respond quickly and find you a hedgehog carer close to you, or will let you know about other options you can try, such as a local vet or wildlife rescue centre.
Always seek advice from an experienced hedgehog carer,
rescue centre or vet if you are unsure.